Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

All About Derivatives Second Edition

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New ways to profit in the post-credit-crisis market! Trading complex formulas and intricate theories for clear descriptions and real-world examples, the second edition of All About Derivatives introduces you to the vast array of derivatives in today’s market. It covers all aspects of derivative contracts, explains techniques for pricing and trading them, and shows how to use each to hedge risk or increase profits. You’ll learn everything there is to… More >>

All About Derivatives Second Edition

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6 Responses to “All About Derivatives Second Edition”
  1. Michael D. Pensinger says:

    I would definitely recommend this book for a reader who is looking for some ground work to be laid within the world of derivatives. Durbin gives a simple introduction into the many different types of derivatives; however he will delve into the math behind some derivatives; if the reader is not interested he will let you know which mathematics heavy sections you can skip. I would read another book written by Michael Durbin.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. Inkyu Son says:

    With respect to the content, I would rate this book as one of the best books on derivatives. However, throughout this book, I found so many typos and logical inconsistences that made me wonder whether the original reviewer of the book properly did proof-reading at all, despite the rather superior presentations on derivatives by the author.

    Some serious problems are found on the last paragaph of page 77:

    Example 1: “.. at a time when the U.S. dollar was much stronger against the Euro than it is today. Back then (meaning ‘at that time when dollar was stronger) you could buy fewer Euros per dollar than you can today”

    –> should have been ‘more’ not ‘fewer’

    Example 2: (regarding using terms “long” and “short” on the same page) it would have been much better if he had indicated the relevant underlier. First time, apparently he was talking about dollar being such an underlier, then he shifted to Euro being an underlier in another example–which made it extremely difficult to follow his logic

    Example 3: (irrelavant example) when saying “.. property decline in Euro term” in the nineth sentence from the bottom on the same page, he must have meant either (a) the value of the property in Euro terms deceased or (b) Euro got stronger in the context of the Euro-USD. If he meant (a), then the example is not crucially important–which causes unnecessary confusion for the reader (I would recommend that he use parentheses); if he meant (b), then the example is logically contradictory–which I am sure another reader can easily verify for himself by reading the same page two or three times

    I found this kind of problems prevalent throughout his book. One thing good about it is that I became very alert during the reading so as to analyze his reasonings more thoroughly, though … but only after spending so much time and having so much frustration.

    Rating: 3 / 5

  3. Cherri says:

    This book provides an excellent overview of derivatives instruments. The author simplifies relatively technical and complex topics whithout sacraficing substance. It comprehensively and succinctly covers the basics (i.e. the contract, the valuation process, etc.) of derivatives – making it easy for a finance novice to comprehend. While it focuses on the foundation of derivatives, it does assume some exposure to securities trading.

    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Shahid Shuja says:

    This book overall is good. It is very good introduction for Derivative and it is for beginner only. It lack the complication of derivatie market such as market risk. This book should have explain more about market risk.

    Rating: 4 / 5

  5. D.T. says:

    The book was received in the exact condition as described and was delivered expeditiously. I am very satisfied with the book and the timely delivery.
    Rating: 5 / 5


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